January 19, 2009

Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge)

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 1:26 pm by Jenn

My favorite parts of this trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen were my two trips to the Partnachklamm, or Partnach Gorge (in English). 

My first trip was a guided night time tour of the gorge.  Scott wasn’t interested so our friend Kay Burn said that he’d go along with me, hoping for some great photo opportunities, as the information about the tour promised there to be magnificent ice formations illuminated by the light of our torches.  Kay and I bundled up in our warmest clothes and off we went for the tour.  There were about 30 of us, and we started the tour at the Olympic Ski Stadium.  The big ski jump was really something to see at night, it was all lit up and looked HUGE!   We lit our torches outside of the Olympic Stadium and then set off on about a 25 minute walk to the start of the gorge.

I must admit I was a little disappointed in the night tour.  We marched so fast through the gorge that it was really difficult to see anything at all.  In addition to walking so fast, we were carrying the torches which made it easy to see the walking path, but hard to really truly appreciate the gorge itself.  The ice formations were actually frozen waterfalls within the gorge.

Kay Burn and I decided that it would be great to come back during the day to walk the gorge at our own pace and really get to see the gorge.

Scott and MarieAnne and Emre decided that they’d like to join us on our day trip so the five of us took off and went back to the gorge the following day.  I’m really glad that we decided to do this because what we saw was magnificent.  The gorge with the frozen waterfalls is truly something to behold.  In total from the Olympic Stadium, through the gorge and back is probably a total of 2 miles, not a bad walk and definitely more enjoyable in the daylight.

The gorge used to be used as a way to get logs down to the mills.  I can’t remember the number, but many workers lost their lives in the gorge whether by being struck by falling logs, falling or being struck by lightning.  I saw three memorials to individuals on my walk and there was one monument to all of the victims at the beginning of the walk.

Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy and if you are even in Garmisch-Partenkircken I highly suggest you not miss seeing this.  I would love to go back in the summer or fall to really get a true appreciation of just how much water flows through the gorge, it’s impressive in the winter, but in the summer the water is probably REALLY flowing.

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1 Comment »

  1. clare said,

    Awesome pictures!!

    Thanks!


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